Saturday's 2020 Canadian Championship final between Toronto FC and Forge FC gives Ashtone Morgan a chance to catch up with old friends and teammates in a competitive setting with a trophy on the line.
Morgan spent the last two seasons with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake before making the move to Forge of the Canadian Premier League in February. Signing with the Hamilton-based club marked an Ontario homecoming for Morgan, a 31-year-old native of Toronto. The veteran defender was 16 when he joined TFC's youth academy in 2008, and he made his debut for the first team while still an academy member in a Concacaf Champions League match against Panama’s Arabe Unido on Oct. 20, 2010.
Morgan was invited to TFC 's pre-season camp the following winter and inked his first professional contract ahead of the 2011 MLS campaign. Morgan went on to win five Canadian Championships, an MLS Cup and a Supporters’ Shield with TFC, and currently ranks sixth in appearances (168) in all competitions. He left the club at the end of the 2019 season and joined RSL.
In a one-on-one interview with TFC Republic, Morgan reminisces about his time at Toronto FC, getting his big break under former TFC coach Aron Winter, moving to the CPL with Forge FC, facing his former team this weekend, and much more.